A Barksdale Airman has been awarded for his courageous efforts during Operation Iraqi Freedom. We first told you about Senior Airman Elio Carrion back in January. He was shot by a sheriff`s deputy while visiting his California home. Carrion was given a special award Friday for his service in Iraq. His Air Force family watched as he was pinned with the Army Commendation Medal. 21-year-old, Carrion joined the Air Force in 2003. He says he has learned a lot while serving. "Don`t take life for granted; treasure every minute, every hour because in an instant it can be taken away." In January, Carrion was shot three times by a sheriff`s deputy after a high speed chase. The taped incident is tied up in court proceedings. The deputy accused is charged with attempted voluntary manslaughter. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for him in August.